Our In Defense Of series explores largely overlooked or undervalued historic places that nonetheless make an important contribution to our collective culture and tell an essential part of our shared American story.
The Wah Luck House is one of two main public housing projects left in Washington D.C.'s Chinatown that houses a large concentration of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans.
In this edition of In Defense Of, the PreservationNation blog speaks with National Trust field officer Kevin Sanada about Washington, D.C.'s Wah Luck House and Museum Square Apartments.
What are these places?
The Wah Luck House and Museum Square Apartments are Section 8 affordable housing apartment buildings in the middle of Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown. The residents are largely seniors and most are Chinese. A lot of them are immigrants who lived through the change that hit D.C. over the last 50 years.
The buildings are really a community unto themselves; what the area used to be -- a very traditional Chinatown that you would see in New York or San Francisco -- before the redevelopment took place; the construction of the Verizon Center, convention center, the Gallery Place Metro stop.
These are really the only two projects that still exist, and Museum Square is in a tough spot because there’s a move to redevelop.... Read More →
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David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.